Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 08, 2007
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This Week in the Pool ?C The fourth-ranked Arizona menˇ?s and fourth-ranked womenˇ?s swimming and diving teams are set to open their 2007-08 Pac-10 season against the Trojans of Southern California at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on Friday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. (MST).

On Saturday Nov. 10 at noon, the Arizona women will take on No. 14 UCLA Bruins and UC Irvine while the men swim against UC Irvine.

What Happened Last Year? ?C The Wildcats began their Pac-10 season with a pair of victories over USC on
Nov. 18, 2006. The men defeated the No.10 Trojans 138-103 while the women defeated the eighth-ranked Women of Troy 128-113.
The women defeated UCLA last year 170-127. Neither team played the Anteaters of UC Irvine.

A Look at the Opponent ?C On the menˇ?s side, Southern California is ranked 13th. USC is currently
1-0, as it is set to open up its Pac-10 season. In their first and only meet of the year, the Trojans beat Notre Dame, 158-104.
The UC Irvine menˇ?s team has yet to have a dual meet this season, but at the Lincoln Aquatic Shootout the Anteaters posted a 4-4 record.

On the womenˇ?s side, USC is ranked 15th with a 2-0 (1-0 Pac-10) overall record and returns to action after their last competition at the SMU Classic where they finished fourth. The Women of Troy divers last competed at the Trojan Diving Invite where Freshmen Christine Petrilli finished 2nd in the platform.

The UC Irvine womenˇ?s team has yet to have a dual meet this season, but recently participated in the Lincoln Aquatic Shootout where they finished with a 7-1 overall record.

The UCLA womenˇ?s team enters the weekend with a 3-0 (1-0 Pac-10) record. The Bruins face Arizona State on the Nov. 9 before traveling to Tucson to take on the Wildcats. Junior Tess Schofield scored her first win of the season at the Trojan Diving Invitational where she posted a zone qualifying score of 262.30 on the Tower.



Arizona History against USC and UCLA ?C In the past five years of competition, the women have posted a winning record in the series against USC, as they are 4-1 overall. In the past five years the men are 3-2 against USC. UCLA leads the all-time series against Arizona with a mark of 14-11.

Arizonaˇ?s last time in the water ?C TUCSON, Ariz. ?C The No. 4 Arizona womenˇ?s and No. 4 Arizona menˇ?s swimming and diving teams got off to a good start Friday afternoon at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center when they took on the Wisconsin Badgers. The womenˇ?s team defeated the No. 16 Badgers, 166-128, while the men won, 172-116.

Starting the action on the womenˇ?s side was the 200 medley relay team of Hailey DeGolia, Annie Chandler, Lara Jackson and Taylor Baughman who won with a time of 1:40.65. Jackson also finished first in the 50 yard free with a time of 22.70. DeGolia also came in first place in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 54.23.

Other Wildcat first place finishers included: Annie Chandler in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:01.96), Lara Jackson in 50 free with a time of 22.70, Courtney Cashion in the 100 yard free (50.51), Jacquelyn Craft in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:16.55 and Ana Agy in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 55.03.

In the diving well for the women, senior Holly Kast won the 1 meter diving competition with a score of 241.57. Allison Scaife finished second in the 1 meter competition (239.54), but won the 3 meter competition with a score of 250.58.

The menˇ?s team started its day off with the same results as the womenˇ?s team when they had a victory in the 200 yard medley relay (1:30.21). The team included Albert Subirats, Ivan Barnes, Darian Townsend and Jordan Smith. Townsend also finished first in the 200 yard freestyle (1:37.47) and the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 44.83.

Freshmen Cory Chitwood also had a day to remember as he won both the 100 yard backstroke (50.20) and the 200 yard backstroke (1:49.83). Other first place finishers for the Wildcats included: Matt Biel in the 1000 yard free (9:28.68), Marcus Titus in the 100 yard breaststroke (56.19), Nicholas Nilo in the 50 free (20.70) and in the 200 yard breaststroke, Josh Arreguin finished first with a time of 2:04.79.

On the diving side, senior Matt Bisordi finished first in both the 1 meter (309.14) and 3 meter (374.03) competition. Freshman Ben Grado came in second place in the 3 meter competition with 324.37 points.

Arizonaˇ?s Next Action ?C The Wildcats diving squad will travel to Houston, Texas for the University of Houston Invite on Nov. 15-17. The swimming team will be back in action on the Nov. 29 when it travels to Austin, Texas for the Texas Invitational. The Invitational runs through Dec. 1.

Margo Geer P12 WOTY